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Getting There

By Ferry -- BC Ferries (tel. 888/BC-FERRY [223-3779] in B.C., or 250/386-3431; www.bcferries.bc.ca) crosses between Prince Rupert and Skidegate, on northerly Graham Island. The 6 1/2- to 7-hour crossing can be quite rough; take precautions if you're prone to seasickness. Ferries run daily in summer; call ahead to reserve. The one-way high-season tickets are C$39 for a passenger and C$140 for most passenger vehicles.

By Plane -- Air Canada Jazz (tel. 888/247-2262; www.flyjazz.ca) provides daily flights from Vancouver to Sandspit Airport on northern Moresby Island. Pacific Coastal Airlines (tel. 800/663-2872 or 604/273-8666; www.pacific-coastal.com) provides daily service from Vancouver's South Terminal to Masset during the summer and service three times a week during the shoulder and winter season. North Pacific Seaplanes (tel. 800/689-4234 or 250/627-1341; www.northpacificseaplanes.com), based in Prince Rupert, offers floatplane service to Masset, Sandspit/Queen Charlotte City.

Visitor Information -- The Queen Charlotte Islands Visitor Info Centre, 3220 Wharf St., Queen Charlotte (tel. 250/559-8316; www.qcinfo.ca), is open May through September daily from 8am to 8pm. The info center now offers a booking and reservation service.

Getting Around

In the Queen Charlotte Islands, the island-to-island Skidegate-Alliford Bay ferry operates 12 daily sailings between the main islands. The fare is C$6 each way or C$14 per vehicle. With so few roads on the islands, it's fair to ask if it even makes sense to take a car on a short trip. Budget (tel. 250/637-5688) has a bureau at the Sandspit airport; Rustic Car Rentals (tel. 250/559-4641) has a bureau at the BC Ferry terminal. Some lodgings also offer car rentals.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.